Fleeing for Their Lives

Fleeing for Their Lives (HM1KD)

Location: Frederick, MD 21704 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 22.159', W 77° 23.288'

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8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. July 9, 1864

Distressed that their main escape route had been burned, the stranded Federal skirmishers fought on as they faced periodic Confederate attacks. Late in the afternoon, they gradually fell back towards the Baltimore & Ohio bridge.

About 5:00 p.m., they noticed their compatriots retreating across the Gambrill Mill property toward the Baltimore Pike and fled across the railroad bridge to join them. The skirmishers had protected the Union center and the escape route toward Baltimore. "Your people," Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace wrote 1st Lt. George E. Davis, "held their position with great tenacity."

... we kept together and crossed the railroad bridge, stepping upon the ties, there being no floor. The enemy were at our heels, and before we could get away...[took some] prisoners. One man fell through the bridge to the river, forty feet below, and was taken to Andersonville.
1st Lt. George E. Davis
HM NumberHM1KD
Placed ByMonocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 12:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294274 N 4360481
Decimal Degrees39.36931667, -77.38813333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.159', W 77° 23.288'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 9.54" N, 77° 23' 17.28" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4823 Urbana Pike, Frederick MD 21704, US
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